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Prison Collect Call Rates to Change

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Family members of prison inmates won't have to pay as much to keep in touch. The State of Washington issued a new plan Friday to lower the cost for inmate's collect calls.

In some places across the state it was getting pretty expensive to talk to someone you know behind bars. Rates have differed depending on where the inmate is serving time. But in one area it costs family and friends $22.00 to talk for only 20 minutes. So the Department of Corrections installed a new phone system, and as of Friday, no matter where you live in Washington, a 20 minute call will only cost you up to $3.50.

D.O.C. officials said this is just something that needed to happen.

"We want to encourage positive interaction between inmates and people on the outside, and its easier to do that if they aren't paying high collect call phone rates," said Gary Larson, Washington Dept. of Corrections.    

Larson said positive interaction will help inmates mend their ways and better adapt after their sentence.